Latest in "Nobel Women's Initiative 2011"

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    Every act of violence is a choice
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    Written by: Jessica Horn All articles by Jessica Horn

    “Sometimes we need to name the abnormal as abnormal, and take action to defend what is normal!” - Shereen Essof. Jessica Horn reports at the close of the Nobel Women's Initiative conference, 'Women Forging a New Security: ending sexual violence in conflict'

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    GenderForce: why didn't we do this before?
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    Written by: Charlotte Isaksson All articles by Charlotte Isaksson

    "As an 18 year old woman I wanted to join what I saw as the coolest and toughest force - not the Air Force, not the Navy, but the Army. I was the first woman to join, and arrived full of ideas of what life would be like as a woman in the army. Things were not as I had imagined at all...."

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    Crime not shame: challenging the ideology of rape
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    Written by: Jenny Morgan All articles by Jenny Morgan

    Decades of feminist activism against rape has produced a world that now, formally, officially, and legally, at least talks the talk on sexual violence in conflict. Feminists have not yet been able to transform what Susan Brownmiller called the ‘ideology of rape’, but they’re working on it. 

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    Child soldiers, child wives: wounded for life
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    Written by: Leymah Gbowee All articles by Leymah Gbowee

    Working with ex-child soldiers of Charles Taylor's army, and the girls they have taken as wives, has convinced Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee that the abuse women suffer during conflict is a reflection of the interaction between men and women, boys and girls, during peace time.

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    Peace can be planned. Just like health
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    Written by: Scilla Elworthy All articles by Scilla Elworthy

    "Violence can be prevented. This is not an article of faith, but a statement based on evidence" (WHO 2002). Scilla Elworthy calls for a strategy based on the clear evidence of what is working in scattered pockets around the world, with the creation of 'Infrastructures for Peace' at its core.

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    "Mighty be our powers": peaceful women and the global south
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    Written by: Nada Mustafa Ali All articles by Nada Mustafa Ali

    “We have included the Arab Spring in this prize, but we have put it in a particular context. Namely, if one fails to include the women in the revolution and the new democracies, there will be no democracy.” Thorbjoern Jagland, chair of the Nobel Prize Committee

  • Women adding their personal commitment notes to a display board.
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    Peace of mind
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    Written by: Jenny Morgan All articles by Jenny Morgan

    If some of us had hoped to walk away with a global plan of action rather than a series of personal commitments stuck up on a board, well, we just may have forgotten that it's personal commitment that makes brave women stand up every day - Jenny Morgan reports from the closing session of the Nobel Women's Initiative conference

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    Rape in war: ending impunity
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    Women Peace Laureates urge leaders to protect women in armed conflict, citing evidence from a new report.

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    Ken Clarke, Strauss-Kahn, Yale and SlutWalks: rape, consent and agency
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    Written by: Heather McRobie All articles by Heather McRobie

    In recent weeks, one word has dominated the headlines: rape. The events worldwide have shown how rape remains in the bloodstream of our culture, while our language on the crime is distorting and debased

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    Landmines data. Rape data
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    Written by: Susannah Sirkin All articles by Susannah Sirkin

    How many rapes are too many in war? Of course, one violent sexual attack on a woman is one too many. A single incident could be a war crime....

  • Milan Lukic in the dock, on trial
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    If this is 'peace', when does it start for women?
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    Written by: Jenny Morgan All articles by Jenny Morgan

    'The word "reconciliation" hurts me', Bakira Hasecic says. 'All I want is for those who have hurt me to be brought to justice.'

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    Not the Only Survivor in the Village
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    Written by: Betsy Kawamura All articles by Betsy Kawamura

    Survivors of gender based violence and their supporters can deliver powerful messages for peace, reflects Betsy Kawamura.

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    The security sector: an awkward space for engagement
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    Written by: Jessica Horn All articles by Jessica Horn

    Alongside powerful arguments against militarism, we are hearing an increasingly significant voice from within the security sector, including women in uniform, working on ways to improve the security sector’s own understanding and response to issues of women’s rights and security. Jessica Horn reports on the debates at the Nobel Women's Initiative conference.

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    In touch with the world
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    Afghan MP Shinkai Karokhail talks about the importance of women making international connections and sharing their experiences. (Video)

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    Perpetuation and perpetration: the momentum of violence
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    Written by: Jocelyn Kelly All articles by Jocelyn Kelly

    So many armed men began their lives as victims of loss and grief. So many have gone on to become the source of bereavement for others. Trying to understand how soldiers make this transformation is crucial to understanding how violence is perpetrated in conflict. Jocelyn Kelly writes from the Nobel Women's Initiative conference

  • Liberian Women, all dressed in white, protesting with signs
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    Peace negotiations: did you carry a gun?
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    Written by: Jenny Morgan All articles by Jenny Morgan

    'If sons are fighting, doesn't it make sense for their mother to help make peace?' Jenny Morgan reports on conversations at the Nobel Women's Initiative conference

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    Horror and hope meet hand in hand
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    Written by: Laura Carlsen All articles by Laura Carlsen

    Blogging from the Nobel Women's Initiative conference, Laura Carlsen sees the strength in the women gathered there and voices a collective hope about meeting the challenge of ending sexual violence in conflict.

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    Making the impossible possible
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    Nobel Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Jody Williams talk about strategies for change, drawing on their experiences of working for human rights reforms in Iran and of campaigning to ban landmines. (Video)

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    Jessica Horn discusses militarism
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    Jessica Horn, writer, women’s rights consultant and openDemocracy 50.50 blogger, discusses her thoughts on different approaches to militarism at the Women Forging a New Security: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict conference. (Video)

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    Hopes and expectations: ending sexual violence in conflict
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    The Nobel Peace laureates, Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams and Mairead Maguire, open the third international conference of the Nobel Women's Initiative: Women Forging a New Security: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict. (Video)

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